Trinity defeated Sydney Grammar School 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-20)
This week’s fixture was seen with eager expectations as the boys were up against one of their traditionally strongest opponents in Sydney Grammar. The first set began with some nerves that only increased after several stuff-blocks from the opposition. However, our anxiety was put to ease through Martin Wong’s (11Ta) best hitting performance, who has now been labelled the man who ‘peaks when it counts’. This swinging effort coupled with the exuberance from Alex Saba (11WJ) gave rise to an unbreakable momentum throughout the set. James Kern (12WJ) also starred in his third season with more ups than an aeroplane as he covered every hitter’s swing, lengthening rallies and keeping us in the point. Edward Feng (12Yo), also has been considering working for LEGO with his block creation second to none throughout the set, truly allowing the boys to see victory in the first set.
The second set began twice, with a ten-minute interruption mid-way through the 3rd point, causing some difficulty to both teams in their efforts to keep momentum high. Trinity spirits were constantly elevated through David Gabriel’s (12Hi) alert pickups and serving which saw the opposition bewildered by his particular ball movement. Oscar Van Hal (12Mu) also set well, allowing Steven Yarad (11Mu) to crush the ball into the opposition’s space. Unofficial Man of the match, Sam Vickery (12WJ), may also be considering a career in plumbing as his quality pipe installation will always be appreciated.
The last set saw Joel Matthei (12La) truly dominate with his elite passing form and vocal dominance. Blake Plavsic (12WH) was a key stand out for his outstanding team-first attitude through carrying the momentum of the boys throughout the game. Lastly, Josh Munter’s (10Hi), ‘two-point tyranny’ put an end to the match with his quality serving, allowing Trinity to win in straight sets.
Ben Powell (12Ho) | 1st VI Captain
Trinity 2nd VI defeat Grammar 3-1 (25-21, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21)
Last week, the Trinity 2nd VI volleyball team played against powerhouse school, Sydney Grammar. This has definitely been the toughest game that the 2nd VI has played in a year due to the repercussions of COVID-19, and the team was able to step up and come away with a convincing win against Sydney Grammar School.
From the outset, it was clear everyone on the Trinity side was nervous and tense, leading to several unforced errors and putting us down by five points. However, after a crucial timeout from our Coach, Mr Ben Wheen, the team was able to play with minimal mistakes. Patrick Mansfield (11Ke) completely shut down Sydney Grammar’s offence with his monster blocks. This gave Trinity the momentum we needed to close the gap between ourselves and Sydney Grammar. From there, excellent serving and strong hitting from Tyrone Ponggun (11WH) was able to help Trinity close out the set and come back from a five-point lead.
The second set started in a similar fashion to the end of the first set. Emotions were running high and the team was using this momentum to widen the gap between us and Sydney Grammar. Jim O’Brien (12WJ) was able to display his court awareness by tipping the ball to the perfect spot, scoring many points. This was further backed up by accurate sets from Joshua Munter (10Hi) which allowed our spikers to slam the ball into the opposition’s court. This allowed Trinity to take the second set comfortably.
Going into the third set, Trinity knew we needed only one more set to end the game, which allowed us to become complacent. Paired with our fatigue being built up over the previous two sets, Trinity lost the third set in a close battle.
The loss of the third set lowered the team’s morale as we went into the fourth set. This slow start allowed Sydney Grammar to gain an early lead. However, this changed when David Tsai (11Ho) hit an incredible spike into the centre of the court and continued to do so for the rest of the set. This gave Trinity the motivation to continue playing as we did in the first and second set. Keshav Baldeo (11He) picked up many important balls which were able to be converted into points, leading to our victory. Mention should also go to Eric Mihas (11La), Jonathan Reissis (10WJ) and Michael Park (11Yo), who were key to the victory of our team, supporting those on the court from the sidelines.
Overall, this was the best the team has ever played in over a year, and was a major victory needed to have a shot at the CAS/GPS Premiership. All aspects of our game were near perfect, which allowed us to come away with the win against Sydney Grammar. However, the team will be expected to keep up this performance, as in the next couple of weeks Trinity will continue to face challenging opponents such as Scots College and Sydney Boys’ High, where we will again be tested.
Keagan Tran (11WH) | 2nd VI Captain
Trinity lost to Grammar (25-22, 21-25, 7-10)
Trinity had a great game against Sydney Grammar. The squad played very well this weekend, pushing all the players to play their best and that’s what happened.
The team played exceptionally well in the first set, coming away with a close win. They didn’t give us adequate serving space but Jeremy Chia (11WH) still managed to start the set with some great serving. We also saw some great hitting and all around playing from him. Thomas Geronikos (11Hi) covered the backcourt very well, passing the ball high up for our setters to play.
The second set was just as good as the first, except the opponent just played better. Farhan Tamboli (11Ar) was kind enough to fill out as backup libero and performed great, picking up their hard-driven serves. Even though we lost the set there were still good plays, with Sam Thanopoulos (12Hi) hitting the ball down on the opponent who did not expect it.
We lost the last set, not finishing it because the time ran out. In the short time, our backup middle Andy Lee (12Fo) ran some great meter balls that he hit down, scaring everyone.
We suffered a close defeat that gave everyone more of a reason to try harder in future games but this weekend we played the best we have as a team.
Scott Feng (10Yo) | 3rds VI Captain
Trinity lose to Sydney Grammar 1-2 (17-25, 25-15, 16-25)
Last weekend the 16As played their second official game against a tough opponent in Sydney Grammar. Although we lost, there were many memorable moments.
After a sluggish first set start, due to us having to adjust to the smaller court space and the lower nets, Trinity went back and forth with our opponents in what was a mostly close contested set. This was done in the most part through Tom Powell’s (10Ho) consistent setting, and from the help of our defensive anchor Xavier Hatcher (10Ke), who had some amazing receives.
In the second set, things started looking up for us. Sam Newton (10WJ) had a spectacular 15-point serving streak that not only gave us a massive lead but also gave us belief and increased our team morale. This amazing feat improved our communication and general teamwork for the rest of the set, resulting in our second set win.
In the final set, the pressure was high and the game was tense. Nevertheless, Imran Parker (9We) continued to play strongly both in hitting and receiving. Unfortunately though, we didn’t finish on top.
This weekend’s challenging game will be a great learning experience for our team. We will continue to work hard in order to prepare for the other tough GPS opponents coming up soon.
Kyle Tran (10WH) | 16As Captain
Trinity lost to Grammar 1-2
The 16Bs had a strong game against Sydney Grammar, one of the strongest teams in the comp, featuring some great moments from Jet Line (9We) who brought in everything he’d been learning in training and took his passing game to a whole new level, leading the backcourt throughout the game. Other standout performances from Liam Sandilant (10Hi) kept the team in the game and allowed us to come away with one set.
The first set didn’t start well, with Grammar pulling an early lead, but we were able to bring it back to an extremely close set. Mitchell Reid-Queeney (9Ar) had another strong serving game and was able to win the team some crucial points, but in the end we went down to the opposition in a nail-biting set.
The second set saw the team come again and start working together much more fluidly. Matthew Warrilow (10Yo) showed the team his true ability as a middle, with some outstanding blocking and tipping, but unfortunately the team still went down in the second set, securing Grammar the game.
In the final set, Trinity took a very quick lead, and Grammar was unable to come back for the rest of the set. Max Lau (9AR) finished off with a strong serve, and also strong passing for the rest of the game, and the set finished early due to the time running out and, with Trinity ahead, we won the final set.
A strong game from Trinity against an also strong opponent showed the team what we can really do, and ended with us being much happier than we had expected.
Noah Blomfield (10Fo) | 16Bs Captain
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